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Old 10-27-2014, 02:32 PM   #21
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Sorry. Not in the US. The date on a milk carton is the "sell by" date. It's an indication for the grocer to pull it from the shelf. Milk should (but is not guaranteed to) last beyond this date if it's been stored properly and unopened.

Can You Drink Milk Past Its Sell-by Date?
Surely if the date is the "sell by date" it would say so. It wouldn't call it the "expiry date". The "Expiry date" means (or should mean) the "Use by date". Otherwise the customer is being misled.

Don't American grocery products have both the "sell by" date for the seller's information AND a "use by"/"sell by"/"expiry" date for the customer's benefit? If not your FDA should be getting its act together and protecting its employers (ie the citizens who pay them) not pandering to the suppliers.

And the link you quote implies that there IS a difference between "Sell by" and "expiry" dates.
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Old 10-27-2014, 02:35 PM   #22
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So where is this magic formula that shows when a food is set to "expire"? No such thing exists. The FDA, grocers, food producers, farmers, etc, do not know what date their particular foods are going to go from good to bad. That simply does not exist. The sell by/ best used by date is a guide. A best guess as to when the food can reasonably be expected to still be at its best.
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Old 10-27-2014, 03:22 PM   #23
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Surely if the date is the "sell by date" it would say so. It wouldn't call it the "expiry date". The "Expiry date" means (or should mean) the "Use by date". Otherwise the customer is being misled.
Whether called "sell by" or "expiration," it indicates the date the grocer has to pull it from the shelf. It's a guideline. How does one know if it's spoiled without opening the carton? Spoilage doesn't look at a watch or follow a calendar. It could be perfectly good a month past the date.

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Old 10-27-2014, 05:04 PM   #24
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steve, i think your milk is bad by now.

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Old 10-27-2014, 05:23 PM   #25
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:27 PM   #26
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For milk and cream, the dates are valid as long as the carton/bottle is never opened. You can keep unopened milk for well past the sell by date. Once opened, the contents are best consumed within a week.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:37 PM   #27
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Making milk last longer?

Funny. Our carton of half and half expired 10/12/14 and still tastes fine in coffee, no curdling. We've had other brands that curdled the minute they hit their best by date.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:04 PM   #28
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I've noticed that too, certain brands seem to go sour faster than others. No doubt the fat content has a lot to do with shelf life. I myself buy reduced fat milk. There's also 2% fat milk, non fat milk and regular milk.

Signs my milk is starting to turn...mixing in chocolate syrup and seeing little white specks.
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steve, i think your milk is bad by now.

You mean the "17" isn't the year??
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:43 PM   #30
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lol, that british way of writing the date always makes me have to think twice or do a truth table to figure it out.
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